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Kenny Kramme of the Joe Bonamassa Band: Frampton / Joe Bonamassa Band at Juanita K. Hall By Matthew D. Henderson of The Southwest Standard

10/07/2004

Frampton / Joe Bonamassa Band at Juanita K. Hall By Matthew D. Henderson of The Southwest Standard

Rock, blues celebrities come to Juanita K. Hall

Frampton, Bonamassa set to blend genres while appealing to young crowd

By Matthew D. Henderson
The Southwest Standard

Legendary ‘70s rocker Peter Frampton and 26-year-old blues sensation Joe Bonamassa will team up for a performance Oct. 19 at Juanita k Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Deb Gallion, events coordinator for The Hall, said the concert was added as a last minute addition to the season.

“Frampton is one of the classic ‘70s rockers,” Gallion said. “He played with David Bowie and George Harrison and Eric Clapton. He was in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band movie.”

Gallion said that Frampton has a new album, “Now,” but is most known for his early singles such as: “Do You Feel Like We Do?,” “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Show Me the Way.”

“I’ve witnessed a lot of people who are very excited that Joe is going to be here along with Frampton,” Gallion said. “Joe Bonamassa is a blues guitarists/songwriter and he has quite a following among blues musicians.”

Gallion said that Bonamassa would stay in Springfield an extra day to participate in a program called ‘Blues in the Schools.’ “He’s going to appear at Central High School and do a program about blue music,” she said.

Bonamassa said that Springfield is the first of 40 markets where he will take his blues demonstration over the next six months.

“If I can reach five or six of those kids out of the 500 I play for, then I’ve done my job,” Bonamassa said. “I wish something like that happened to me when I was in high school. It’s a very cool program that they put on and hopefully the kids will dig it.”

Bonamassa said that the tour with Frampton is going great.

“It’s a good bill, a good match, and people walk away feeling like they got their money’s worth, which is rare in today’s age of touring,” Bonamassa said. “Nobody feels like they haven’t gotten enough guitar or enough music for their dollar.”

Bonamassa, 26, said he made his debut as the lead guitarist for a band called Bloodline and started releasing solo albums in 2000.

“I’ve been doing this professionally for 14 years, and I’ve been playing guitar for about 22 years,” Bonamassa said.

His new album, “Blues Deluxe,” is his first true blues album, which coincides with 2003 being declared the “Year of the Blues” by the U.S. Congress.

“I have four solo records out and each one is different a little bit,” Bonamassa said. “This one here is a straight blues record all the way through. It’s something I always wanted to do.”

Bonamassa is touring with hia bandmates drummer Kenny Kramme and bassist Eric Czar. “The set that you’re going to see in Springfield is the best of the old and the best of the new —mostly new stuff, but we throw in some old ones, too,” he said.

“The tour has been very productive,” Bonamassa said. “We’ve done really good at the venues as far as sales. It’s been a perfect tour to launch our new record.”

Bonamassa said that fans older than him are his “bread and butter,” but he looks forward to coming to a college setting.

“We don’t play many colleges; I can’t remember the last one I did play, honestly,” Bonamassa said. “But I’m looking forward to it – maybe play for more of a young crowd and see how they dig the blues.”

Tickets are available by calling 863-SMSU or by connecting to www.hammonshall.com for $29 to $39. All remaining seats will be available at a student rush rate of $10 starting 30 minutes before the show.
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